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Jan Morris
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    (October 2, 1926- )
    Born in Clevedon, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was James Morris
    Underwent sex reassignment surgery (1972)
    Travel writer and historian
    Best known for the Pax Britannica trilogy (1968-78): 'Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress,' 'Pax Britannica: The Climax of Empire' and 'Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat'
    Also wrote 'As I Saw the U.S.A.' (1956), 'Coronation Everest' (1958), 'Venice' (1960), 'Cities' (1963), 'The Presence of Spain' (1964), 'The Great Port: A Passage Through New York' (1969), 'Places' (1972), 'Travels' (1976), 'Destinations' (1980), 'The Matter of Wales' (1984), 'Hong Kong' (1988), 'Sydney' (1992), 'The World: Life and Travel 1950-2000' (2003), 'Contact! A Book of Glimpses' (2009) and 'Contact! A Book of Encounters' (2010)
    She confessed to a fondness for 'purple prose' in her writing.
    She complained about her transgendered status overshadowing her writing, saying 'I do not doubt that when I go, the event will be commemorated with the small back-page headline, 'Sex-Change Author Dies.''
    Sh expressed sympathy for incest and said (semi-jokingly) that she hoped her daughter would marry one of her sons since 'they were made for each other.'
    She said, 'The worst of American civilization, the worst thing, worse than the electric chair, is grape jelly.'
    While still James, she covered Edmund Hillary's conquest of Everest: 'I went up an unkown and came down the most famous journalist in the world.'
    She was dubbed 'the Flaubert of the jet age' by Alistair Cooke and 'perhaps the best descriptive writer of our time' by Rebecca West.
    Although she and wife Elizabeth Tuckniss were required to divorce after the sex change, they stayed together and legally reunited after Britain introduced civil partnerships.
    She and Elizabeth said that after their deaths, they plan to be buried beneath the epitaph, 'Here are two friends, at the end of one life.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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